Do you feel as though you are struggling with stress, anxiety, relationships, grief, or a variety of other concerns? Counseling may be an excellent opportunity for you to discuss and process these concerns in a safe and confidential environment. If you feel motivated towards making changes in your life, you may benefit from the empathetic ear and professional experience of a licensed mental health counselor.
I value providing you with a safe space and the freedom to open at your own pace, cultivating a healthy therapeutic relationship to support change and healing. As you reveal what's not working in your life and relationships, I select the best motivational therapeutic approach to help you effectively address these challenges. My guidance, while compassionate, is also honest and direct so you take responsibility for establishing and maintaining your emotional well-being. Doing so helps to reduce the impact of long-term emotional distress in your life.
If you are feeling anxious, depressed, stuck or obsessively preoccupied with unwanted thoughts or behaviors, I'm here to help. I will assist you in getting to know yourself better and transform the parts of you that are currently getting in the way of your happiness and aspirations for a better life. Let's work together to relieve your fears, insecurities, depression, anxiety, and intimacy issues. In addition, I am certified to help those struggling with the disruptive impact of sex & pornography addiction and betrayal trauma. This too can be healed for both you and your partner.
Ashley Pinkeney, LMFT, believes "Taking care of your mental health is one of the most compassionate things you can do". People change over time; the need for therapy can be a product of those transitions. In therapy, I work through a holistic lens, exploring internal and external factors that are affecting you. I offer practical and therapeutic advice, drawn from multiple therapeutic modalities, to help you move towards living a life in alignment with your values. Most clients I see are high achievers, perfectionists, or people pleasers. I serve those who are seeking change, but may be unsure of where to start.
I am committed to working with individuals who have a wide range of mental health issues. With thirty years experience I am committed to the fields of anger management and domestic violence helping clients discover and alter dysfunctional thought and belief patterns that support and justify acts of anger and domestic violence. In addition I also work with couples and individuals who have a wide variety of emotional issues including loss, grief, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. I have a cognitive behavioral orientation and work with the strengths of each individual to sustain behavioral changes in thinking, feelings and actions.
Has it been awhile since you have felt like yourself? Are you struggling with a romantic relationship, your friends or family members, or with depressive or anxious feelings? My goal is to help clients talk through whatever they are struggling with and find a happier and healthier place in their lives. My approach to counseling is down to earth, compassionate, and honest. I am unique in my approach offering a specialized combination of life-coaching, motivation, and problem-solving in hopes of helping my clients work through the heaviness in their mind and find stability and happiness once again.
I focus of guiding persons with sexual addictions and their partners through the journey of recovery from sexual addiction and partner betrayal trauma. I provide a safe space to begin to learn the skills to achieve and maintain sobriety using an evidence-based approach. I also help individuals begin to understand and recover from the underlying issues, such as trauma, other addictions, or other life experiences. For the betrayed partner I focus on helping them find their voice to express the deep pain caused by the addictive behavior as well as identifying a path to health and begin their own recovery process .
Addiction can happen to anyone, and the underlying wounds that fuel it need to be healed. I am honored to accompany my clients on their journey of recovery and offer a non-shaming and affirming treatment philosophy that allows healing in multiple areas, without fear of judgment. I strive to identify and harness their individual strengths, instill hope, and reflect unconditional positive regard for those in my care. I also have a strong belief in the healing power of humor and provide my clients with an emotionally safe environment to heal all aspects of their being.
Welcome! My goal is that every individual who comes to me for therapy feels heard and understood. I create a safe and affirmative environment in which you are able to explore your emotions, thoughts, fears, and desires so you can move towards healing and connection. My experience is working with adults, teens, and children struggling with a wide rage of issues such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, mind/body connection, among others. I also enjoy working with people navigating different parts of their identity, particularly LGBTQIA+ persons. I am a queer therapist and most of my research is centered around this population.
Have you ever found yourself saying, "I'm crazy for feeling this way, no one else acts like this."? If so, I assure you that you are not crazy nor are you alone. In fact, you are probably coping the best way you know how. It is my professional experience that no emotional issue is too complex to heal. For 20 years, I have collaborated with individuals and their supports to regain control from the devastating impact of trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem and transitional issues.
I support children, teens, and adults who struggle with stress, mental health concerns, or are experiencing a transition in their lives. Your therapy experience belongs to you and will be collaborative.
The decision to begin therapy can be an isolating and anxious time, especially in these current crazy times that seem to have no end. Am I the only one who feels this way? These feelings may even at times shut you down. You may be experiencing losses and transitions of all kinds, or have weight and eating concerns, gambling concerns, relationship problems or who just want career counseling. We can explore these together. I work with men, women, and adolescents of diverse backgrounds, who might not believe that counseling can be sensitive to their needs. We can either meet in person or online.
I believe the therapeutic process is about relationship and connection. I love supporting people through the difficulties of life. In doing so, I love to laugh, joke, connect, be real, and down to earth. I have an audacious and thought provoking approach to treatment. My approach allows me to directly connect with clients in a manner that is comfortable and authentic. Through treatment I provide my clients with healthy challenges, and autonomy in guiding their own treatment. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for clients.
As human beings we are certain to experience trauma in our lives, which keeps us from achieving the happiness and success that is within our reach. I believe that each one of us possesses the innate ability to resolve our trauma. As a trauma therapist, my area of expertise includes the ability to help guide you toward healing, self-knowledge, and transformation.
There are many complexities that can make the therapy processes overwhelming. This can be a challenge to navigate, and my goal as a therapist is to help you through authenticity and open communication/dialogue. Whether you're looking for processing, skills work, evaluations, problem-solving for everyday stress, or are experiencing major life events, trauma or any combination, we can explore your goals collaboratively. I believe in utilizing an integrative, client-centered approach that's informed through elements of systems theory, anti-oppressive theory, gender theory, intersectional feminism, and trauma-informed care.
I provide a holistic approach to youth, families and providers by training the brain to grow more resilient to stress and trauma by using therapies informed by the autonomic nervous system. I can assist you in identifying disruptive patterns while together, building a set of more adaptive attitudes about yourself and others as well as integrating somatic and cognitive skills to maintain progress. I am passionate about getting clients closer to understand, trust and love themselves so they can move beyond limiting thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I focus on highly sensitive people and reclaiming the self from relational trauma.
If you are world-weary or looking for a creative approach to healing, you are in the right place. As both a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed creative arts therapist, board certified in dance/movement therapy, I will encourage you to attend not just to your words, but to the messages that come from your body (includes your brain). I will introduce you to LivingDance(tm), to show you how to access and work with elements of dance and movement that relate to emotions, feelings of effectiveness, and identity development. You do not need talent or training to work with them.
Welcome to my practice! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), serving children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. The decision to engage in psychotherapy is not always an easy one. Making your mental health a priority is the first step. It is my belief that therapy is a process of self-exploration. I offer an individualized, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach to meet the needs of each client. If you are seeking a collaborative therapeutic environment where you feel supported in your counseling journey, I am here to support you.
I have a substantial capacity for being present with people working with extreme emotions and painful conflict and providing them with insight and compassion. Blending therapeutic approaches with mindfulness and grounding techniques, I focus on the here and now to help clients recognize and work on their patterns as they arise at the moment. My clients include adults, adolescents, and children struggling with mental health disorders, as well as individuals and families with profound histories of abuse, addiction, and trauma. I am a strong proponent of including children impacted by adult behaviors in the conversation and healing process.
Do you feel alone? Are you having a hard time lately? Has it been some time since you felt like yourself? Is something going on at work, or home? Are there people in your life that frustrate you? Are there challenging thoughts or feelings that you are struggling with sorting out? Regardless the problem or concern, my goal is to offer space to find a happier and healthier way to live. My approach to therapy is down to earth, compassionate, and honest. I am unique in my approach as I often use self-disclosure as a way to relate to someone’s experience.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Atlantic-University, Rochester are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Atlantic-University, Rochester then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Atlantic-University, Rochester, or Child Psychologists in Atlantic-University, Rochester.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Atlantic-University, Rochester psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Atlantic-University, Rochester specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.